Ask Somerset's Plants | Quantock Hills by Feral Practice published on 2019-09-20T22:08:22Z Feral Practice and Marcus Coates are delighted to release the first of three podcasts for Ask Somerset’s Plants. Podcast 1: Quantock Hills - Feral Practice and Marcus Coates are in conversation with Plantlife ecologist Dr Alison Smith. Recording took place at Holford Coombe, part of the Quantock Hills Nature Reserve. Questions addressed and plants discussed: Anonymous – How can we best engage with others, when we see so many polarising views and entrenched positions. How can we put aside differences to achieve something genuinely shared and mutually enriching together? Plants: Lichens, including Witches Whiskers and Barnacle lichens. Kerry Grant – In the light of recent leadership contests, in which we find ourselves confronting a scenario where both candidates are seriously flawed, how would the plants select the best leader? Plants: Rhododendron, Laurel, Silver Birch, Ivy. Anonymous – Can the stars light the sky forever? Plants: Polypody Ferns, Mosses Ask Somerset’s Plants brings the knowledge of local flora to bear on our everyday human problems and dilemmas. Ask Somerset’s Plants is steered by the questions that Somerset audiences posed. Not questions about nature or plants, as you might expect, but about people’s own lives and human society, questions that vary from the political and societal to the deeply personal. Each walk and conversation visits plants in some of Somerset’s diverse and specialised habitats, and is guided by the questions we received. Podcasts 2 and 3 will be shared here on the 28th September and 5 October, as part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival. Ask Somerset’s Plants is commissioned by Somerset Art Works.